Sunday, November 20, 2011

An Unsung Hero

~Todd & Josh~
Today is my 30th wedding anniversary. Although we felt 'grown up' when we got married, I was 20 years old, Carl was 23, we were just kids.  We really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. We just knew we couldn’t imagine the world without us together in it.  Like most young couples we schemed, dreamed and planned our way into a picture perfect future. But life doesn’t always work out exactly as you plan.  After graduating from college in Wisconsin, Carl went to Georgia for 'Officer Candidate School' while I stayed behind in Oshkosh. He was then off to Virginia to an advanced course, and the army then sent us to Alaska.  After a year of Carl being unemployed, he got his dream job and it brought us back to Virginia. Through all the changes and lost dreams new ones took their place. And a partnership emerged that wasn't based on a pre-scripted end state but instead a winding journey that twists, turns and entangled us, making us stronger than either of us would be on our own.  Carl has talked me off of ledges that no one has seen me on. He's stood up for me when I felt I couldn't defend myself.  He also calls me out when no one else will, and believes in me when no one else does.  Too often spouses are unsung heroes, so thank-you for letting me sing the praises of mine today--Happy 30th Anniversary Carl!
~Sam~

52 comments:

  1. Congrats to you both and what a wonderful way to tell your hubby that you love him.

    Here is to 30 more years.

    Bert

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  2. Happy anniversary to you both, I hope you made sure that Carl read this :o)

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  3. Happy 30th....and MANY more!

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  4. I love the way your described your
    marriage, just as it should be!

    Congratulations, Kim!

    Also, Todd is just so darn cute. He looks like mischief in the making!

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  5. Happy Anniversary to both of you.

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  6. Happy Anniversary!! I always think life is a chapter book and we really don't know the next chapter until we get there.

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  7. Happy Anniversary to the both of you! 30 years - terrific! I hope you had a wonderful day.

    xo Catherine

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  8. a very happy anniversary to both of you! wow. that's really awesome!!!

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  9. Happy Anniversary Kim to you and your Hubby.
    Sheila was 18 I was 19 when we married and God willing next year it will be # 46.
    We are proud to call you our friend.

    Sheila & Bob

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  10. Happy Anniversary! Aaron and I just passed our 3rd, and we are hoping for many more. You both are our heroes!

    Sam

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  11. Cheers! Happy Anniversary.

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  12. Happy Anniversary to a very special couple!!! We celebrate our 17th tomorrow! :)
    xoxo

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  13. Happy Anniversay to you and Carl!
    You both are 2 peas in a pod- and were ment for each other.
    I am so happy that Carl is your hero!
    Like 2 young trees planted near each other- through the years you have leaned on each other and embraced each other and became one.
    love
    tweedles

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  14. Happy anniversary. It sounds like a great relationship.

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  15. What a beautiful tribute to your special life-partner Kim. Congratulations to you and Carl...a milestone indeed.
    The reason for getting married?
    "So that your life will have a witness"...a quote I heard at a marriage ceremony ...and never forgot.
    Enjoy your special day.
    With lotsaluv
    MAXMOM IN SA

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  16. Congratulations Kim and Carl. You may have been "kids" when you got married, but, by Kim's post today, you obviously both found exactly who you were meant to be with, and that is something to be celebrated. Have a wonderful 30th anniversary, and wishing you many more years together.

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  17. Congratulations! Have a wonderful celebration AND here's to many more years.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra, Bella & Roxy

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  18. What a team! Many congratulations to you both on this very special anniversary!

    xxx
    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog, they touched my heart.

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  19. Happy anniversary...what an ode to such a great marriage:)

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  20. Very Happy Congratulations to you both! (Lovely post):)

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  21. Sounds like you have a great marriage...'for better,for worse,for richer for poorer,in sickness and in health'...that's what it's all about. Have a wonderful 30th anniversary! :0)

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  22. What a great story to share with us. Congrats on your 30 years of marriage.
    TFS

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  23. Now that's a real testement to a real marriage.

    Congratulations to you both. May you have many more happy years together.

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  24. Blessings on your anniversary. What a lovely tribute to your hubby and I love your doggies. After just one visit I'm your newest follower (and fellow pet lover)

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  25. Congratulations darling...did you see my post ???..love from me...............♥.. ♥... ♥....

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  26. Congratulations and blessings.
    Goose

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  27. Oh I love a good love story
    Happy Anniversary

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  28. 30 years, wow. Wishing you and Carl our very best.
    KT, Andi and Easton

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  29. What a lovely post and tribute to your years together. Just youngin's your are!

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  30. Happy 30th Anniversary to you and Carl!! Another thing we have in common - Gary and I just celebrated our 30th 2 weeks ago.

    xo
    Lynn

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  31. Congratulations of 30 years! Hope you have a really wonderful day! Love these pics too. :D

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  32. Happy Anniversary, Kim and Carl. This was a beautiful description of a marriage, the way it should be.

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  33. I'll happily add my congratulations to everyone else's - what an amazing achievement! I wish you both many more happy years together. Hugs from everyone at Mucky Boots!

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  34. What a lovely tribute to your hubby!

    Happy Anniversary...and may you have many more.

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  35. Happy anniversary Kim and Carl!! lovely post Kim.... xxx

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  36. Hi Kim, Belated Anniversary wishes to you and Carl. We are 3 yrs ahead of you; boy do the years pass quickly!!! I love the tribute that you paid to your man.
    Sending you tons of love today.
    Noreen & Reggie

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  37. Kim,
    Happy Anniversary to you and Carl
    Soul mates is a good way to describe you two.
    Hope you had a wonderful day.

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  38. i knew he had to be special... look how he shares your dog life!
    a wonderful memory share.
    i lost my beloved husband way too early... so stories like yours make me feel happy.
    i married at 19 (he was 29) and i wanted to be older so badly! now i wouldn't mind slowing it down a bit. :)
    love to you and carl on that special day.
    tammy j

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  39. Happy Anniversary Kim and Carl! There's a certain cozy feeling about being 'attached at the hip', eh? All the best to you both! Quite an accomplishment.

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  40. 30 Cheers going out to you and Carl! That's what true love and love stories are all about....again Congrats!!!

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  41. Happy Anniversary to you both! WOW, 30 years! I hope you have 30 more!

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  42. Congrats! You caught a keeper! :) Hope you had a lovely day!

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  43. Congratulations to both of you on #30! I once asked my mother how long she had been married and she said "All my life"! I wonder if being married in your 20s, and 30 years later it doesn't feel a little like that!

    Cheers,
    Jo and Stella

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  44. Hi there Kim
    I'm not sure if my comment went through, but I wanted to say how happy I am about Jasmine's new home, as well as about Noreen's win of "Pure Gold". Noreen is a special blogging buddy and is struggling so much with her Reggie at the moment. It feels like her win was meant to be.
    I didn't get to see your blog last week, but it was really nice to read your first book review. I'll have to look out for that book.
    Sending lotsaluv to you all,
    MAXMOM IN SA

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  45. Happy Anniversary you two...life (together) is good!

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